Earwigs may best be known for the myth associated with them - that they crawl into sleeping people’s ears and burrow into their brains to lay eggs. This, of course, is false. Adult earwigs (also known as “pincher bugs”) measure about 5/8 of an inch in length and range in color from dark brown to reddish-brown. The earwig can be either winged or wingless and has a long smooth body with a pair of appendages called “cerci” at the end of its abdomen. Females' cerci appear straight while the males’ cerci take on a curved appearance.
Are earwigs dangerous?
Earwigs are generally considered to be a nuisance pest. They can pinch if they feel threatened but are no real danger to humans or their pets.
Why do I have a problem with earwigs?
Earwigs may enter homes through cracks and crevices in foundations and around doors and windows. This often occurs when the temperature outdoors becomes too hot or if the weather is particularly dry. Earwigs can also be brought in on newspapers, lawn furniture, or from other outside objects that are brought indoors. Once inside, they typically can be found under rugs or potted plants and in dark, moist areas of your home like bathrooms or basements. Earwigs come out at night to feed on insects and decaying plant materials found throughout your home.
How do I get rid of earwigs?
If earwigs are already present in your home, vacuum and clean the infested area and eliminate any areas with excessive moisture. This should be followed up with a call to All-American Pest Control. Our home pest control program is designed to get rid of earwigs and over 47 household pests that pose a threat to your home.
Can I do it myself?
Eliminating moisture in your home as well as sealing any gaps or openings on the outside of the home will help deter these pests, but contacting All-American Pest Control at the first sign of an infestation is the most effective, safe way to control and eliminate earwigs. If you are having problems with earwigs in Nashville or elsewhere in Middle Tennessee, contact All-American Pest Control today.
Why Choose All-American Pest Control?
With over 50 years of experience, we know the time, effort and commitment it takes to solve your earwig problem. With All-American Pest Control, you’ll receive trained professionals, serious commitment and thorough treatments.
How do I prevent an earwig infestation in the future?
You can prevent earwigs from entering your home by making sure that any cracks or gaps in your homes’ exterior are sealed (especially around windows, doors and foundations). Another effective prevention method is to reduce moisture build-up outside of your home and moisture and humidity in the basement and all bathroom areas.